ERIC Number: ED379904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
State Practices in the Assessment of Outcomes for Students with Disabilities. Technical Report.
Shriner, James G.; And Others
This technical report describes the methodology, results, and conclusions of a 1991 survey, which was conducted to determine state efforts to develop systems to assess educational outcomes, states' needs for solutions to technical/implementation problems, existing databases, and efforts of states to design a comprehensive system of indicators in general and special education. The survey involved interviews with 59 state directors of special education. The survey found that state-level data collection activities on children and youth with disabilities took place in the areas of academic achievement, participation, postsecondary status, attainment and retention, dropout and graduation, vocational skills, attitudes and aspirations, and functional life-maintenance skills. This report discusses who within the state agencies administered student outcome assessments, instruments used in achievement assessments, uses of outcomes information, guidelines in place for inclusion/exclusion of students with disabilities in assessments, accommodations made to include students with disabilities in general education assessments and alternative assessment procedures, barriers to outcomes assessment, and needs for assistance. Information is provided on practices or plans identified by states as particularly successful or innovative. Appendixes contain the survey protocol, a list of materials received from states, descriptions of academic achievement assessment activities, and descriptions of states' data collection activities concerning postsecondary experience. (JDD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Interviews, National Surveys, State Agencies, State Programs, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: For a related document, see ED 348 805.